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Understand how ATAR is calculated in 4 simple steps

Scoring Method Summary: Students typically study 5-6 subjects, and the final ATAR is calculated by taking the four highest scores as the top 4 (including English EAL), which contribute 100% to the total score.

The remaining two scores, which are lower, are weighted at 10%. Your final ATAR is then determined by the Department of Education, which ranks all students’ total scores and derives the final score based on that ranking.

Understand how ATAR is calculated in 4 simple steps

1. Raw Subject Scores: Each VCE subject is initially assessed using raw subject scores. These scores represent the raw scores students obtain throughout the year, including SACs (School-Assessed Coursework) and end-of-year exams. They range from 0 to 50, with 50 being the highest score.

2. Weighted Adjustment: The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) compares a student’s study score in one subject to their average study score across all other subjects.

For example, if a student’s average study score in Subject A is 30, but their average score in all other subjects is 40, the score for Subject A will be adjusted upwards. Conversely, if the average score in Subject B is 40, but the average in all other subjects is 30, the score for Subject B will be adjusted downwards.

3. Aggregate Score: The total score is calculated by adding up three scores:

  • The best score in any one English subject, plus the best scores in three other subjects.
  • 10% of the score for a fifth subject (if applicable).
  • 10% of the score for a sixth subject (if applicable).

4. Percentile Ranking: Lastly, a student’s aggregate score is compared to the scores of all other VCE students in the state. If a student’s aggregate score places them in the top 10% of all students, their percentile ranking or ATAR will be 90.

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